Editor’s note: One of Civil Beat’s most popular features, the database of public employee salaries, has been updated to reflect additional numbers for the 2018 fiscal year, which began July 1. We create a new salary database every two years, when new union contracts are signed and a new state budget is put in place reflecting the salary increases.

If you work for the state of Hawaii and are commonly referred to as “doctor” or “your honor,” you’re probably making more money than most of your colleagues in state government.

That’s one fact that can be gleaned from the latest data added to Civil Beat’s public employee salaries database for the 2018 fiscal year that began July 1.

Tens of thousands of additional public servants have just been added, including those working for the Department of Education and the Judiciary, as well as general state employees in several other departments.

Click here to load this Caspio Online Database.

Who’s making the most among the employees just added to the database?

You can find the answer at the Department of Health, where Dr. Malcolm Michels is paid $318,756 to serve as administrator of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division.

Thirty-six other health department doctors and administrators are in a pay range that tops out at $306,840, as are seven physicians in the Department of Public Safety.

The lowest-paid person in the general state employee category is an election logistics worker earning $24,480.

Not surprisingly, judges are the top earners at the state Judiciary.

Supreme Court of Hawaii Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald gestures during attorneys oral arguments. mauna kea tmt. 27 aug 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald is the highest-paid Judiciary employee. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald makes $231,468, while the other four high court justices make $223,200.

Twenty-eight Circuit Court judges earn $201,060, while 36 District Court judges make $189,480.

The lowest-paid Judiciary employee is a judicial assistant making $23,643.

Hawaii’s Department of Education is headed by new superintendent Christina Kishimoto. But she started Aug. 1 and isn’t in the database. For the record, she’s making $240,000 — $40,000 more than her predecessor, Kathryn Matayoshi, who left the post in June.

Keith Hayashi, who served as interim superintendent for a month, is the highest-paid DOE employee in the database with a range of $200,000-$250,000. But that will change as he returns to his job as principal of Waipahu High School.

Most high school principals are in a range that tops out at $189,119, while most intermediate school principals earn up to $160,057, and most elementary principals up to $153,523.

Hawaii Education Superintendent Christina Kishimoto, Editorial meeting at office.
The state’s new school superintendent, Christina Kishimoto, earns an annual salary of $240,000. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii teachers’ salaries vary widely, with most 10-month instructors earning from $35,467 to $72,992. They are generally considered to be low-paid compared to many of their mainland counterparts, but they did receive significant pay increases in their latest contract.

Potentially the lowest-paid DOE employees are three office assistants in the salary range of $23,652 to $37,800.

If the agency you’re looking for isn’t included yet in the new database, you can always check our previous one for the 2016 fiscal year by clicking here.

A couple of things to keep in mind as you peruse the database:

• Employees in each category are displayed from highest-paid to lowest-paid.

• As allowed under state law, some organizations list pay ranges instead of specific salaries for many of their employees. In those cases, the order of presentation is dictated by the high end of the range.

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